Conducting

Curtis’s conducting fellows program provides a unique opportunity for young conductors at a crucial time in their development.

In keeping with Curtis’s characteristic “learn by doing” approach, conducting fellows gain valuable experience through opportunities to lead rehearsals and performances of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble 20/21, and Curtis Opera Theatre. The Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellows are mentored by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. They assist visiting conductors at Curtis and have access to Curtis’s performance and musical studies faculties. They also have the opportunity to work with leading conductors, both at Curtis and through residencies with professional orchestras.

To be admitted, conducting fellows must be at a level where they are prepared to lead the above ensembles through the rehearsal process and in performance.

Curtis is deeply grateful to Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser for their support of the conducting fellows program.

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Conducting Faculty

Curriculum

Audition Requirements

(updated 11/12/21)

Conducting applications are accepted for the post-baccalaureate diploma program only. Applicants must submit a screening video with the application to be considered for the live auditions. Applicants will be notified in January of their live audition status.

Prescreening

Applicants must submit a high-quality audio-visual recording. Please see the Curtis website for all relevant deadlines.

  • Include three to four excerpts showing various musical styles from standard orchestral, operatic, and contemporary works. The excerpts can be derived from performances or rehearsals, and the entire recording should not exceed 20 minutes in length.
  • The recording must be representative of the applicant’s current work.
  • The applicant must be clearly visible.

Live Audition (if advanced)

All Conducting Fellow applicants selected for a live audition must demonstrate their knowledge of score analysis, harmony, counterpoint, score reading, and aural maturity in a 45-minute private session with members of the Curtis Musical Studies faculty as well as a 90-minute group session consisting of a series of dictations and a written exam covering music terminology, orchestration, and knowledge of repertoire.

Applicants selected as finalists will move on to the conducting round of the audition. Repertoire for the final conducting round will be announced at least three weeks in advance of the live audition.